BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
A group of area students glimpsed the world of Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga and Itzhak Perlman this week, when they visited the legendary KAS Music & Sound recording studio.
Housed inside Kaufman Astoria Studios, KAS Music & Sound is one of the largest recording studios in the City and has hosted big names from all genres of music. Choir students at Astoria’s Frank Sinatra School of the Arts were invited there to record their renditions of holiday classics “Silver Bells” and “Deck the Halls” on Monday.
Joe Castellon, executive creative director of KAS Music & Sound, oversaw the recording.
“It went great and they’re very happy with the result. We’re just going to mix it, package it up for them,” Castellon said.
“They’re all very much into it, act as professionals and they’re focused on what they’re doing so it’s a lot of fun with them,” he added.
For Heidi Best, director of vocal ensembles at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Monday’s session gave her students a sense of what it means to be a professional musician.
“For many, it’s their first professional recording session experience,” Best said. “[They learned] how to blend, how to really sing together … to hear the playback, how they actually sound, is surprising to them.”
Students agreed that learning to blend their voices was one of the most valuable aspects of the recording session.
Feyjon Cobos, a senior at Frank Sinatra, said, “we had to sound like we’re all together, uniform, but you could hear our parts.” She added that she learned the key to achieving this sound is “to make sure we’re also listening to one another.”
Overall, Cobos said the recording session was fun and exciting.
“We danced, we enjoyed making up the dance moves for the songs,” she said. “And I love singing Christmas music, so it was just something fun to do.”
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.